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Naughty! Racy! Titillating! And as deeply affecting as it was when first published 50 years ago. Long before Sex in the City, this iconic novel nailed the plight of the adventurous "working girl." Sharply evocative and deeply affecting, this forgotten classic will stay with you for days after you've finished it. Why The Best of Everything isn't on every book-club reading list, I'll never know.
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Publisher Comments:

When Rona Jaffe's superb page-turner was first published in 1958, it changed contemporary fiction forever. Some readers were shocked, but millions more were electrified when they saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. Almost 60 years later, The Best of Everything remains touchingly — and sometimes hilariously — true to the personal and professional struggles women face in the city. There's Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor's office; naive country girl April, who within months of hitting town reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; and Gregg, the free-spirited actress with a secret yearning for domesticity. Jaffe follows their adventures with intelligence, sympathy, and prose as sharp as a paper cut.

Synopsis:

Almost 50 years after its initial publication, this novel remains touchingly — and sometimes hilariously — true to the struggles women face in the city. There's Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor's office; naive April, who reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; and Gregg, the actress with a secret yearning for domesticity.

Synopsis:

When Rona Jaffe’s superb page-turner was first published in 1958, it changed contemporary fiction forever. Some readers were shocked, but millions more were electrified when they saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. Almost sixty years later, The Best of Everything remains touchingly—and sometimes hilariously—true to the personal and professional struggles women face in the city. There’s Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor’s office; naïve country girl April, who within months of hitting town reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; and Gregg, the free-spirited actress with a secret yearning for domesticity. Jaffe follows their adventures with intelligence, sympathy, and prose as sharp as a paper cut.

About the Author

Rona Jaffe is the author of 16 books, including the bestselling Class Reunion, Family Secrets, The Last Chance, and Mr. Right Is Dead. She is the founder of the Rona Jaffe Foundation, which presents a national literary award to promising women writers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035299
Author:
Jaffe, Rona
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.02x5.42x.95 in. .81 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 448 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143035299 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Naughty! Racy! Titillating! And as deeply affecting as it was when first published 50 years ago. Long before Sex in the City, this iconic novel nailed the plight of the adventurous "working girl." Sharply evocative and deeply affecting, this forgotten classic will stay with you for days after you've finished it. Why The Best of Everything isn't on every book-club reading list, I'll never know.

"Synopsis" by , Almost 50 years after its initial publication, this novel remains touchingly — and sometimes hilariously — true to the struggles women face in the city. There's Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor's office; naive April, who reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; and Gregg, the actress with a secret yearning for domesticity.
"Synopsis" by ,

When Rona Jaffe’s superb page-turner was first published in 1958, it changed contemporary fiction forever. Some readers were shocked, but millions more were electrified when they saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. Almost sixty years later, The Best of Everything remains touchingly—and sometimes hilariously—true to the personal and professional struggles women face in the city. There’s Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor’s office; naïve country girl April, who within months of hitting town reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; and Gregg, the free-spirited actress with a secret yearning for domesticity. Jaffe follows their adventures with intelligence, sympathy, and prose as sharp as a paper cut.

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